Don’t Forget About Yourself
Matthew 14: 23
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.
Moms take care of their children and families from sun up to sundown and sometimes throughout the night. We are constantly tending to the sick, mending and washing clothes, cooking meals, wiping tears, giving hugs and kisses, breaking up fights, fixing broken toys, drawing stick figures on paper, helping with homework— the list goes on and on. If you are not careful, as a mom, you will continue to pour out until there is nothing left to pour and you will dry up. To prevent this from happening, you MUST take time for yourself.
Follow Jesus’ example. Jesus had a big job to do, to save the world! But as big as that job was, He still saw the importance of getting away by himself to pray and revive himself. Being a caretaker is draining. We wouldn't trade it for the world, but we need to be wise and take care of ourselves. What is one thing that you used to love to do for yourself that you no longer do? Make a point to do that special thing this week. If you can’t think of anything, then you really need to get away by yourself! Some ideas could be: take a long walk outside, grab a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop and look through a magazine or book, go to a movie with a girlfriend, take a bubble bath, go to your local flower shop and buy yourself a bouquet of flowers!
The best investment you can make is in making time for yourself. You want to be around for many years with your children...so if you can’t do it for you, do it for your children. You will be a better mom in the long run if you stop and take care of yourself along the way.
Father, As always, You “show” me how to live my life by Your example. I need to push past any guilt I may have around taking time away for myself and just do it -invest in me. I realize now that it is important- if Jesus did it, I can do it. Give me courage to tell my family, “I’m going out tonight with some friends and I’m doing it because I love you and myself.”
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